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Updated September 19, 2017
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  • senior management are not fit to run a pub let alone a huge charity (in 16 reviews)

  • No clear way to leverage an internship to a full time position (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Mission, Nice People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Oxfam has a great mission and you'll work with some nice people. The salaries for some roles are very competitive relative to other non-profits. They offer generous time off benefits.

    Cons

    Some positions appear to be at a high risk for burnout judging by the amount of turnover. There is generally a lack of opportunity for career growth and it's best to consider roles here as temporary gigs.


  2. "WASH Technical Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Very strong advocate for rights and justice

    Cons

    Delays in decision making at times

  3. "Volunteer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxfam part-time

    Pros

    Benefit of Culture/Travel Experience. Accommodations paid for

    Cons

    This was volunteer experience. Completely unpaid.


  4. "A job that matters."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The collective project - The people - The vision. The future.

    Cons

    Complex - Bureaucratic - Uncertain - Intellectual - Arrogant (sometimes)


  5. "Emergency and Response team at HQs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Committed people to social values make friendly work environment. OXFAM Mandates are very enthusiastic and in theory very pertinent, The Confederation makes its best to accomplish them.

    Cons

    lack of highly qualified management in several areas and departments as international NonProfit. OXFAM mandates are to wide for ensuring their achievements. It would be much better to choose one realistic objective rather than trying to change the world, the side effects to do that is burning too many employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest on realistic policies much more focused to make vulnerable people's lives better in developing countries rather than having bureaucracy and finance oriented business as priority.


  6. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - IT Tech
    Former Employee - IT Tech
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oxfam full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for... Amazing staff

    Cons

    Too much paper work and too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Fundraiser"

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    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Fundraiser in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great and helpful team leaders and supervisors

    Cons

    No room for development and low pay

  8. "Beijing Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Oxfam as an intern

    Pros

    Access to organization resources. Such as Workshop and other materials. Flexible working schedule. They have very good food for the lunch and not many organization cover that in Beijing.

    Cons

    Do not really care about the intern. Do not learn much.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good people, great execution, but meh leadership and living up to values"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam full-time

    Pros

    Oxfam America is one of the standard bearer of nonprofits - the mission is great, the campaigns are great, and it's wonderful to work with motivated citizens around the world. Some of the personalities at Oxfam were some of the most vibrant and engaging that I've encountered in any workplace, and after leaving, I miss many of them dearly.

    The office is in a great location and has fantastic views of Boston and the Boston Harbor.

    For a nonprofit, the benefits are strong for the field, but not necessarily competitive with for-profits. The one exception to that is sick time/personal time/comp time/vacation time .... all totaled, I usually had about 35 days I could take off a year, which is well .... European? Pay is also slightly stronger than other non-profits.

    Having the protection of a union is also great, although, depending on leadership (both union and not) and issues, union-non-union ties can introduce an awkward tension into the workplace.

    Cons

    Most of the satisfaction seems to be dependent upon the department you are in. Some departments are great and have wonderful leaders, others seem to be checked out and more focused on traveling to Spain every other month. The CEO, while passionate, seems pretty much checked out when it comes to the staff - which wouldn't be a problem if other senior management/the board were involved with staff. Altogether, management (even at the lowest manager level) seem to be more concerned with reinforcing the divide between management & staff rather than building strong teams.

    If you are in a senior/mid-level position of your career and are content with that, Oxfam is a decent place .... also, if you are just at the beginning of your career, the same! However, if you are looking for career advancement, your only real option is to leave Oxfam, gain experience elsewhere, and come back to a new position - it's happened a lot. Senior management seems to be aware of that issue but doesn't seem to care enough to address it. For instance, while managers will routinely get promoted to new managerial titles with little change in duties, it's hard to move up if you're not a manager even if you're taking on an immense amount of new work and showing progress.

    A staffwide survey showed a lot of slippage in a number of

    Advice to Management

    I think most of the advice can be found in the cons - create pathways for promotion, some senior management should retire or shuffle up their job responsibilities, some department heads need a reality check, but all the pieces for success are there. Just play to your strengths and actually address the weaknesses (fairness in promotions, etc.) and you'll be a great place to work. Unless that happens, the slippage in moral will just continue.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "It was ok"

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    Former Intern - Extractive Industries in Boston, MA
    Former Intern - Extractive Industries in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxfam as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a relaxed environment, people are mostly friendly

    Cons

    Very little opportunities for professional growth within the company, it's a very slow-paced organization, things take a really long time to happen.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees more on the loop with what's going on on the organization, and include everyone. Even interns.


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